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Press Releases

See if you have treasure buried in your closet at the Oregon Historical Society’s annual What’s It Worth? event

August 22, 2018

It is time to fish out your family heirlooms and see if they could be worth a fortune! Local experts will be examining and estimating the value of your art, jewelry, antiques, and more at the Oregon Historical Society’s annual event, What’s It Worth? This Sunday, August 26, from 12pm to 4pm, you could discover if your sentimental knick-knack is actually a valuable collectible! Admission to the event is free, and each item evaluation is $10 (evaluation tickets will be available on Sunday until 3:30pm). All proceeds raised from this special event support the Oregon Historical Society’s mission.

Oregon State University’s 2018 College World Series Championship Trophy on View at the Oregon Historical Society

July 31, 2018

Following their triumphant win at the 2018 College World Series, the Oregon State Beaver’s championship trophy will be on display at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland. Oregon State defeated Arkansas in three games to claim the coveted baseball title, and by doing so became the first team in the NCAA Super Regional era to win three titles. The trophy will be on view beginning Wednesday, August 1 through Sunday, August 5 in the pavilion of the Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Avenue) and admission is free to view the trophy.

Students from Brookings, Oregon to Display World War II Exhibit at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland

July 19, 2018

“The Remembrance of World War II,” an exhibit created by students from Brookings-Harbor High School, will be on display at the Oregon Historical Society (OHS) in Portland. The exhibit, which took 60 students from two classes of Junior U.S. History and the State and Local History class four weeks to create, gives a localized perspective on World War II from the viewpoint of the American homefront. Many of the photos featured in the exhibit are on loan from veterans living in Brookings and have never been published before now. “The Remembrance of World War II,” will be on view in the main pavilion of OHS from July 27 through August 3. Admission to this exhibit is free!

Newly Restored Oregon Constitution on View for the First Time Outside of the State Archives in Salem

July 17, 2018

Following a massive statewide crowdfunding campaign, the newly restored Oregon Constitution is now on view at the Oregon Historical Society through September 3, 2018. What started as a penny drive targeted at Oregon students to raise funds to preserve and exhibit the original 1857 Oregon Constitution turned into over $100,000 raised to restore this historic document. The Oregon Historical Society is proud to have joined many Oregonians in contributing to this effort, and is the first location outside of the Oregon State Archives in Salem to host the document.

Oregon Students Reach Finals at National History Day® Competition in Maryland

July 5, 2018

Fifty-two students from across Oregon traveled to College Park, Maryland to compete in the National History Day® contest June 10–14. The students who qualified for nationals received first or second place in their category at the Oregon History Day contest organized by the Oregon Historical Society (OHS) on Saturday, May 5 at Concordia University in Portland. Of the many exemplary projects that qualified for the national competition, two entries from Oregon made it all the way to the final round of the competition. Alan Zhou and Kyler Wang of Stoller Middle School in Beaverton (led by teacher Thomas Justman) placed fourth in the Junior Group Website category with their project The Pig War: Confrontation, Escalation, Arbitration. Anja Jolin of Laurelhurst School in Portland (led by teacher Lindsay Gebbie) placed eighth for her Junior Paper titled Confrontation and Negotiation: South Africa’s Transition to Democracy.

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Kerry Tymchuk Accepts Statesman of the Year, Models Bipartisanship

September 17, 2018

By OBI Communications. Oregon Business & Industry (OBI) honored Oregon Historical Society Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk as Statesman of the Year at the 2018 Statesman Dinner Thursday night at the Oregon Convention Center. The annual event drew an audience of more than 500, including elected officials and business leaders. In his acceptance speech Tymchuk thanked those who helped make possible a career that took him from the small Oregon coastal town of Reedsport to Washington, D.C., where he was a trusted advisor and speechwriter for U.S. Senators Bob Dole (R-Kansas) and Gordon Smith (R-Oregon) and Labor Secretary Elizabeth Dole. He has been executive director of the Historical Society since 2011.

Lewis McArthur, who set the standard for Oregon geographic-names history, dies at 101

September 6, 2018

By Douglas Perry, The Oregonian/OregonLive. A five-foot-high "earthen protuberance" rises above a remote Wasco County bluff over the Columbia River. A raw, beautiful spot, it's said. Distinctly Oregon. This is McArthur Mound, the name bestowed by the Oregon Geographic Names Board after its longtime leader, Lewis L. McArthur, retired from the board shortly before his 90th birthday. The 2006 naming of the rise was a playful honor: "an in-joke," says McArthur's daughter, Mary McArthur. "We were joking that there was no geographic feature too small to name." But it was also a heartfelt recognition. It only seemed right that Lew McArthur's name be added, even if unofficially and whimsically, to the catalog of the state's monikers. McArthur, who died on August 29 at 101, spent much of his life researching Oregon places and their histories, becoming, in the words of retired journalist John Terry, the "dean of Oregon geographic names."

KOIN's Gabrielle Karol takes 1st in 'Cake Smack-down'

August 20, 2018

By KOIN 6 News Staff. Reporter by day, award-winning baker by night. Gabrielle Karol participated in the 4th annual "Celebrity Chocolate Cake Smack-down" on Monday and took home the top prize. There were 18 cakes in total, but only one could come out on top. Gabrielle received a score of 84 out of a possible 100. Gabrielle said she was "honored" by the win. The event is organized by the Oregon Historical Society -- with chocolate cake connoisseur Gerry Frank serving as the sole judge.

These Century-Old Photos Inspired Some of the West's First Bird Refuges

July 11, 2018

By Kenn Kaufman, Audubon Magazine. William Lovell Finley (1876-1953) was a pioneer in using photography to promote conservation. Beginning in the late 1890s, he and his friend Herman T. Bohlman began experimenting with photography of birds in natural settings. During the following decades, Finley and his colleagues traveled through the wilds of Oregon and other western states, capturing thousands of images of wild birds in their habitats. These vivid portraits, and his impassioned writing about key Oregon sites, helped persuade President Theodore Roosevelt to designate Three Arch Rocks, Lower Klamath, and Malheur among the first federal bird refuges in the West. The Oregon Historical Society and Oregon State University recently collaborated on a project to collect and digitize much of the work of Finley and his colleagues. During 2016 and 2017 they digitized more than 6,800 images and more than 8,000 pages of manuscript materials. The small sampling featured here offers a fascinating inside look at the beginnings of the conservation movement.<br /><br />

Oregon history students bring home national medals from Maryland

July 5, 2018

By Shasta Kearns Moore, Portland Tribune. The Oregon Historical Society announced Thursday that 15 Oregon students and their teachers won accolades at a national history competition in Maryland last month. Of those, Anja Jolin of Laurelhurst School in Portland won the Outstanding Junior Division Affiliate Award and eighth place in the final round of competition for her paper titled "Confrontation and Negotiation: South Africa's Transition to Democracy." Jolin was guided by teacher Lindsay Gebbie. The National History Day competition, held annually in College Park, Maryland, attracts half a million participants at the local level with a select few invited to attend nationals. This year's theme was "Conflict and Compromise."

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Oregon Historical Society Logos

The following logos are available for OHS partners to download and use in promotional materials that have been approved through the OHS Marketing Department. The Oregon Historical Society horizontal logo is preferred in marketing materials, but the vertical logo can be used when necessary to fit within a particular layout.

OHS logos with black and white typefaces are both available. The black typeface should be used on materials with a white or light colored background. The white typeface should be used on materials with a black or dark colored background. The OHS logo includes both the gold Peace Medal emblem as well as the printed typeface and should never be applied separately from each other. The OHS logo should never be printed with a white or colored box surrounding it, and the full color logo should always be used unless prior permission has been received from the OHS Marketing Department to use a black and white version of the logo.

Black Typeface
  • Horizontal JPEG
  • Horizontal EPS
  • Vertical JPEG
  • Vertical EPS
White Typeface
  • Horizontal EPS
  • Vertical EPS

All of these logos can be downloaded in the following zip archive:

OHS Logos (ZIP, 4.5 MB)

If you have any questions regarding the use of the Oregon Historical Society logo, or if you need an alternative file type, please contact Rachel Randles, Director of Marketing & Communications.

Oregon Historical Society Boilerplate

For more than a century, the Oregon Historical Society has served as the state's collective memory, preserving a vast collection of artifacts, photographs, maps, manuscript materials, books, films, and oral histories. Our research library, museum, digital platforms & website (, educational programming, and historical journal make Oregon's history open and accessible to all. We exist because history is powerful, and because a history as deep and rich as Oregon's cannot be contained within a single story or point of view.

For an expanded biography on OHS, please visit our About Us page.

For more information or additional materials, please contact:

Rachel Randles
Director of Marketing & Communications